ISLAMABAD - The Indian movie “Welcome to Karachi” has been blocked in Pakistan, The Nation has learnt reliably. The country’s security establishment blocked the movie saying it portrays a controversial picture of Karachi, the port city and commercial hub of Pakistan.

The Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency in a letter written to relevant quarters explained that the movie, released in India on May 28, 2015, carries objectionable contents and promotes an anti-Pakistan propaganda. “The Bollywood movie presents Karachi as a city of total lawlessness and a hub of terrorists and criminals in addition to numerous ethnic and sectarian issues,” says the letter, a copy of which is available with The Nation.

The security establishment has not recommended the movie for the country’s audience and asked the Film Censor Board and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ensure the film does not enter Pakistan in any format. In recent past, the government of Pakistan has banned a number of Bollywood movies like ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Haider’, ’Phantom’, ‘Bangistan’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘D-Day’, ‘Raanjhanaa’ and ‘Baby’ mainly due to their having sensitive contents. Indian movie Phantom, which stars Indian actors Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan, is based on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Pakistan’s renowned religious figure, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has moved the LHC to ban the movie in Pakistan.